Capacity Building and Advocacy

What We Do

Our successes come from our school transformation model, which consists of three core elements - Great Leaders, Highly-Effective Teaching, and Engaged & Empowered Communities - as well as our systems change efforts. Because we work within LA Unified, we have direct knowledge of the factors that disproportionately hamper highest-need schools. At the same time, our autonomy means we can design and implement programs and practices that improve student achievement and transform schools on a large scale. See Our Approach

Partnership Model

The Partnership's operating model is designed to promote replicable, sustainable and scalable results. Our work directly serving schools and communities consists of three core elements - Great Leaders, Highly-Effective Teaching, and Engaged & Empowered Communities - as well as our systems change efforts. We invite you to learn more by clicking on each model area for details.

Great Leaders
Highly Effective Teaching
Engaged & Empowered Communities
Systems Change
Great Leaders
In order to transform a low-performing school, an excellent school leader must be at the helm. To ensure this, the Partnership seeks to hire the best school principals, who receive differential pay because they work more than a standard LA Unified principal, receiving intensive support and coaching that goes beyond what the district provides. This includes year-round professional development that is aligned for principals and assistant principals. We provide opportunities for leaders across our network of schools to collaborate and share best practices to solve difficult problems around staffing, facilities, and budgeting. We also provide additional operations support and advocacy to help our schools make the most of their dollars to maximize services for students.
Highly Effective Teaching
Teachers are a critically important factor in determining student outcomes, and sustainable change at schools happens when teachers lead. Recognizing this, the Partnership invests heavily in its teachers through comprehensive professional learning, leadership development and coaching. Professional development for teachers from the Partnership helps ensure that students receive an excellent data-driven education tailored to their individual needs, that is responsive to the latest academic standards. We also support teacher leaders at our school who assist their peers with assessment and planning, school culture and restorative communities, and peer coaching.
Engaged & Empowered Communities
Family and community engagement is essential to transform low-performing schools and ensure sustainable student achievement. The Partnership promotes parent engagement through multiple initiatives including our on-site Family Action Teams, which engage families in activities focused on student academic outcomes, and our year-long Parent College program, which empowers parents to advocate for their childrens' education. We also leverage the expertise of many local and national community-based organizations to best serve the individualized needs and performance goals of our schools and communities.
Systems Change
Our advocacy efforts and close relationship with LA Unified have allowed us to achieve significant improvements to broader school systems across Los Angeles and California. We remove barriers and scale successes, identifying and eliminating obstacles while piloting programs that have been subsequently adopted by all LA Unified schools. This includes school report cards that make performance transparent for families, and universal gifted testing for LA Unified second graders. Our systems change pursuits are the result of what we see in the classroom and across our schools, and the improvements they unlock further our school-site successes in a virtuous cycle.
Great Leaders
In order to transform a low-performing school, an excellent school leader must be at the helm. To ensure this, the Partnership seeks to hire the best school principals, who receive differential pay because they work more than a standard LA Unified principal, receiving intensive support and coaching that goes beyond what the district provides. This includes year-round professional development that is aligned for principals and assistant principals. We provide opportunities for leaders across our network of schools to collaborate and share best practices to solve difficult problems around staffing, facilities, and budgeting. We also provide additional operations support and advocacy to help our schools make the most of their dollars to maximize services for students.
Highly Effective Teaching
Teachers are a critically important factor in determining student outcomes, and sustainable change at schools happens when teachers lead. Recognizing this, the Partnership invests heavily in its teachers through comprehensive professional learning, leadership development and coaching. Professional development for teachers from the Partnership helps ensure that students receive an excellent data-driven education tailored to their individual needs, that is responsive to the latest academic standards. We also support teacher leaders at our school who assist their peers with assessment and planning, school culture and restorative communities, and peer coaching.
Engaged & Empowered Communities
Family and community engagement is essential to transform low-performing schools and ensure sustainable student achievement. The Partnership promotes parent engagement through multiple initiatives including our on-site Family Action Teams, which engage families in activities focused on student academic outcomes, and our year-long Parent College program, which empowers parents to advocate for their childrens' education. We also leverage the expertise of many local and national community-based organizations to best serve the individualized needs and performance goals of our schools and communities.
Systems Change
Our advocacy efforts and close relationship with LA Unified have allowed us to achieve significant improvements to broader school systems across Los Angeles and California. We remove barriers and scale successes, identifying and eliminating obstacles while piloting programs that have been subsequently adopted by all LA Unified schools. This includes school report cards that make performance transparent for families, and universal gifted testing for LA Unified second graders. Our systems change pursuits are the result of what we see in the classroom and across our schools, and the improvements they unlock further our school-site successes in a virtuous cycle.

Direct Impact

The Partnership began managing schools in 2008, and we have worked collectively with our stakeholders to improve student achievement levels at our 18 traditional, LA Unified public schools. Our five high schools have doubled graduation rates since they joined the Partnership. We are closing achievement gaps with both LA Unified and the state of California. See below for more evidence about how we are improving important metrics at our schools.

SBAC Math Results for 2018-19

One-year and Four-year network growth

California’s Smarter Balanced (or SBAC) results for the 2018-19 school year show that the percentage of students in the Partnership network meeting or exceeding math standards increased by three percentage points, and over four years (2014-15 to 2018-19), the percentage of Partnership students meeting or exceeding standards increased 12 points in math.

SBAC ELA Results for 2018-19

One-year and Four-year network growth

California’s Smarter Balanced (or SBAC) results for the 2018-19 school year show that the percentage of students in the Partnership network meeting or exceeding English Language Arts (ELA) standards grew by four percentage points, and over four years (2014-15 to 2018-2019) the percentage of Partnership students meeting or exceeding standards increased 19 points in ELA.

79% Graduation

Across our Network

Graduation rates at Partnership schools have more than doubled since 2008, from a baseline of 36% to 79%.

96% Decrease

in Suspension Rates

Suspension rates at Partnership schools have dropped significantly from 21% in 2007-08 to less than one percent in 2018-19, as school culture efforts transform schools and restorative communities practices change school discipline across LA Unified.

17 Percentage Point Growth

4-Year College Acceptance Rate

Our 4-year college acceptance rate for students at our five high schools grew from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2019.

8,600 Parents

Supported in California

The Partnership’s flagship parent empowerment program, Parent College, has provided workshops and supports to more than 8,600 parents in the Partnership network and beyond since 2008.